Douglas Murphy QC has practised as a barrister from chambers in Brisbane for more than 37 years. In more recent years he practised mainly in the fields of general commercial, property, trusts, wills and estates. He is head of Cedric Hampson Chambers and Chancery Barristers + Mediators, a virtual specialist chambers.
Douglas has mediated disputes of various types since the mid-1990s, and undertaken courses at Pepperdine University and expert training at the American Institute of Mediation in California. As such he has continuously increased his practice as a mediator, and enhanced his reputation as an expert in the mediation field.
Douglas spent 18 years as an elected member of the Queensland Bar Council; within that time he served as its honorary secretary for four years and its honorary treasurer for another four. He has been an enthusiastic member of the Queensland Bar’s ADR committee for many years and, by virtue of his own contacts, he has been instrumental in the promotion of professional development by engaging world-renowned speakers from home and abroad for mediators’ conferences. He has also been a speaker at numerous seminars and conferences at home and overseas.
Douglas is currently an adviser to Bond University’s ADR Centre, where he completed his inaugural training as a mediator in 1997.
He has been a director of the Mediator Standards Board, which governs Australia’s national mediators’ accreditation system, since 2015. He was inducted as a distinguished fellow of the International Academy of Mediators in May 2013.